Your Two Cents: Greatest American Women’s Wrestlers

“Your Two Cents” is our interactive feature where we gauge the opinions of our Twitter and Facebook followers on different discussions in women’s wrestling.

This week, we’re asking this: In celebration of Independence Day, we want to know: who do you think is the greatest American women’s wrestler in history? We’ve read your responses on our social media pages and picked some of the best submissions to highlight here on the website. As always, you can join the debate by leaving your comments!

Our Two Cents

Batting for Team DD this week, it’s Bobby giving us his personal opinion on this week’s topic:

Bobby: Hmm, if I were to pick my favorite American female wrestler… that’s a tough one because pretty much everyone I like is American. I feel like AJ will get a lot of picks from others who answer this so I’m not going to say her since I want this to be different. Looking at my fav five, when you remove AJ, I’m left with two Canadians and two Americans, so of those two that count, the one I like more is none other than Kaitlyn!

I feel like Kaitlyn doesn’t get enough credit because of how soon she was brought into TV, and the fact that she ended up winning NXT despite being the least experienced girl on the roster. I think her skills have improved drastically (and to be honest, outside that Maxine match on Season 3, I never really found her to even be bad in the ring then), plus she has comedic timing which is so hard to find in the Divas. Much like AJ, I feel like Kaitlyn could be a huge player if they take the gamble on her. She shined alongside Maxine in NXT Redemption, and I think it would be a shame to see her fall back down the Diva totem pole after providing so much fun before the show format changed. So to sum it up, I’m a Kaitlyn fan and I’m proud of it!

Your Two Cents

Charlie Flickinger | People may disagree, but I say Nikki Roxx. Not only is she a phenomenal wrestler I feel like she’s one of the better mic workers. She’s been doing this for over 10 years and still hasn’t gotten that awesome moment that I feel she deserves.
Dave Nguyen | The only answer has to be The Fabulous Moolah. She has held the Women’s Title longer than anyone else. 30-plus years.
Eric Holt | There’s so many to choose from, but I’m gonna choose one and go with AJ. Now, I know she is more of a recent Diva, but I have my reasons for choosing her. First and foremost, this girl is passionate about wrestling. Ever since she was a little girl, she always dreamed of being a wrestler. Wrestlers like Lita (who she was fortunate enough to meet), Trish, and Molly were her inspirations. Unfortunately, her journey wasn’t easy. Her family was homeless and weren’t all that fortunate. She worked many jobs to pay to go to wrestling school. In the end, however, all her hard work paid off, and look where she’s at now? AJ is now one of the top Divas in the WWE today and will go down in history as one of the best. In my eyes, AJ is a perfect example of the American Dream: she started off with nothing, worked hard for her dreams to come true, and now, is doing what she loves best, which is wrestling.
Josh Hettinger | I would have to say Tara/Victoria or Alundra Blayze. They both were very fluent in the ring and I feel alundra was ahead of her time and set the bar. Victoria/Tara is just an all around beautiful person and she always delivers in the ring.
Josue Guzman | While there a numerous amount of women to choose from I’m going to say Cheerleader Melissa. She is phenomenal in the ring and can play gimmicks as proven through her portrayal as Raisha Saeed and Alissa Flash in TNA. She’s been with Shimmer since day one, where she has had a famous on and off feud with MsChif. I’ll always remember when she was finally rewarded with the Shimmer Title. Her hard work, commitment and loyalty to the sport of wrestling can be seen even through this day.
@ProudMickieArmy | Mickie James, the first and only female Triple Crown Champion.

And now we turn it over to you…

What are your two cents on the debate? Who is the greatest American women’s wrestler? Tell us in the comments…

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  • lucky1now

    Id have to agree with tara she was always caplable to holding her own in the ring carry others when needed put over the younger talent whether they hd skills or lacked it
    And still to this day she’s kicking butt in tna she’s a power house and her age is not affectin her at all
    She’s my all around fave <3

  • capricornscott

    There are a LOT of women that could be considered the Greatest American Female Wrestler for one reason or another.

    Fabulous Moolah was revolutionary in her time. She was such an impactful character that none of her opponents could rival.

    Sensational Sherri is one of the best women the sport has ever seen. She was a very strong technician and an amazing second to all of the men she managed.

    Madusa revitalized the women’s division of both WWF and WCW. In a time where women were not getting any time in the ring, she brought in a breath of fresh air with her feuds with Bull Nakano, Akira Hokuto, and Luna Vachon.

    Currently, I think Sara Del Rey is the best female wrestler in the country followed very closely by Cheerleader Melissa and Mercedes Martinez. All three of these women could step into the ring with any male in the sport and stand toe to toe. They all are extremely fluid in the ring, connect with the fans in every match, and put on main event level entertainment all the time.

    • Dave Muscarella

      I agree with your choice.

      Obviously, there is no right or wrong answer as this is a purely subjective question and everyone will have their favorites and whatnot, but I don’t see how you could even make a case for Kaitlyn, AJ, etc. Yeah, there’s something to be said for being in WWE and on TV every week, but come on. IMO, to be considered “great” you have to have history and a list of accomplishments. While being in TNA/WWE helps, it doesn’t necessarily mean much.

      Women like SDR, Cheerleader Melissa, MsChif, Serena Deeb, Mercedes Martinez have all done a ton of great things in wrestling. They are all quite skilled in the ring, have a vast list of titles won. And just plain don’t have bad matches. They’ve all wrestled all over the world too. Those women are great. The only ones in TNA or WWE I would even consider for this kind of thing is Beth Phoenix or Mickie James. Outside of those two, I’d have to look at the indies because thats where the bulk of the talent is these days.

      • capricornscott

        I completely agree that it would be VERY VERY tough to make an argument for the Greatest American Female Wrestler in History for any of the women currently in WWE or TNA. Beth, Mickie and maybe Tara are the only ones that are even remotely plausible (in my opinion at least). I think these three are really the only ones with much history.

        I do think one of the biggest set backs with the current generation of diva fans, is that people are so often only willing to look back to the early 2000s for women’s wrestling. There have been SO incredibly many women prior to the Trish and Lita days that are just completely overlooked.

  • YouCanLookButYouCan’tTouch

    Yay!My comment about AJ was used : )

  • jen07201

    I would have to say for me the greatest are Mickie James, Melina, Michelle Mccool, Tara, Beth Phoenix, Kharma, Kaitlyn.

  • VelvetLoveFan

    Angelina Love, Victoria/Tara, Michelle McCool, Natalya, Trish, Mickie

    • numero47

      Angelina Love, Trish and Natalya are Canadians

      • perceval

        Yeah, right… Next, you’ll be saying something ridiculous like Gail Kim & Sarita are Canadians, too.

        And why is everyone overlooking that great American woman wrestler, Luna Vachon? :)

        • numero47

          I don’t understand how am I being ridiculous for stating that those women are Canadians when in fact they are.
          Topic is on “Greatest American Wrestler”, now if the topic had said “Greatest North American Wrestler” I wouldn’t have said anything and I’m sure more names would have been added.

      • VelvetLoveFan

        Yeah sorry about that, diddnt read all..

  • Dave Muscarella

    From a purely historical perspective, it would be hard pressed to top Mildred Burke. But seeing how nobody reading this ever saw her wrestle, I doubt her name would even come up outside of my comment now. She did a lot for women in wrestling though and deserves recognition.

    • numero47

      I actually happen to be familiar with the name Mildred Burke because of my reading on the history of Women’s Wrestling where her name has come up frequently. However, you pointed out, many may not be familiar with her because of generation gaps and I doubt there are any videos out there but it’s great to put out names that don’t get a lot of recognition.

    • AfroJack

      haha that’s so weird I listed her too, and her daughter June Byers. Mildred and Mae Young were the pioneers of women’s wrestling. Mildred was also involved in the very first screwjob in wrestling, with controversial booker and owner of the NWA Women’s division Billy Wolfe screwing her over.

  • theprincedann

    Melina. Beautiful, passionate, dedicated, innovative ane an amazing entertainer.

    Second- Molly Holly.
    Third- Victoria/Tara

  • AfroJack

    Wow. This is a tough decision, there are a lot of great American women to choose from, past, present and deceased.

    Present – Lisa Varon, Jazz, Cheerleader Melissa.
    Past – Ivory, Molly Holly, Leilani Kai, Mae Young, Wendi Richter.
    Deceased – Mildred Burke, Moolah, June Byers.

  • stephenpwwe

    Kaitlyn and AJ, greatest female wrestlers of all time? … no comment.
    Anywho……. in my opinion.
    Lisa Marie Varon, Molly Holly, Leilani Kai, Ivory, Jazz, MsChif, Kong. There was one more but I can’t seem to place her name.

    • stephenpwwe

      And if anyone has a problem with me excluding AJ and Kaitlyn, I’m going purely on the basis of wrestling, no backstory, acting ability etc.

  • Poison Ivory

    I don’t know who’s the absolute “best” ever, but I do know that Molly was definitely one of the best, and I really like(d) her style. And Ivory, Jackie, Mickie, Tara, Gail, Melina, Jazz and Kong are all phenomenal. My indie favourites have to be Cheerleader Melissa, MsChif and Mercedes Martinez.

    I’m a sucker for the tougher women.

    • GailKim95

      I would agree with Gail except she is Canadian

      • Poison Ivory

        Doesn’t she have American citizenship? Technically she counts? And if she doesn’t, then who cares – she’s awesome.

  • WhalenX12

    I wanna say Beth Phoenix. Even though they’ve held her down, she’s still amazing.

  • BillyGP

    There are many but Mickie James would top my list.

  • Oliver James #BellaArmy!

    I’m going all out and saying Miss Texas herself… Jacqueline Moore!

    She was brutal and could get in the ring with pretty much anyone, male or female, she won the cruiserweight title for christs sake and being a 2 time women’s champion, very underrated and overlooked! So my vote goes to the original Black diva!!! =D

  • WaitingForSundae

    Dave Meltzer’s Wrestling Observer Hall Of Fame has had a total of 185 members inducted since 1996. Of those, 11 are women.

    10 are Japanese and 1 is American. That American is Mildred Burke. Having read about her and what she accomplished, she has my vote.

  • Jcott3

    Even though Molly Holly is my favorite, the best female wrestler of all-time for me was Madusa. She was beautiful AND she could work in the ring, a rarity back in the 80’s and early 90’s.

  • art

    Id say lita,molly,ivory,victoria,moolah,mae,sensational sherri,wendi richter….
    best wrestler id go molly..she do do anything in the ring….

  • mr_socko

    Kaitlyn and AJ? Wow.

  • Mikas

    pre-80s: Mildred Burke. It’s sad that many fans of womens wrestling have no clue on who she is and always refer as Moolah as the best. She wasnt just a big star in the US, but also Japan. It’s very likely that Joshi Puroresu wouldnt even exist without her. The most prestigious womens title in history (AJW’s WWWA belt) is a direct descendant of the title in Burke’s promotion.

    80s: Wendi Richter, Leilani Kai and Sensational Sherri were the 3 big names. In the 80s womens wrestling was just a freak show. WWE had 1 match a month on tv (usually on their minor show), that was it. So its very hard to decide who is the best.

    90s: Alundra Blayze and Jacqueline Moore.

    21st Century: Womens wrestling really picked up the past 12 years, unlike the 80s and 90s there are just too many names to choose from. Jazz, Molly Holly are probably 2 of the best.

    Currently (2010-2012): Sara del Rey. She might not be on national TV, but i cant think of any american who is better in the ring than her right now.

  • Jhonmarco

    Sara Del Rey, Cheerleader Melissa, Mercedes Martinez, Daizee Haze, and Athena for me.

  • cutymania

    If I was gonna list women who wrestled in WWE (indys there would be wayy too many to name), I’d say:

    – Joyce Grable
    – Wendi Richter
    – Leilani Kai
    – Judy Martin
    – Madusa

    Not only for their contributions in WWE, but their legacy outside of WWE as well i.e in Japan, various independents etc.

  • Melissa K Killer 2010

    I have to say Sherri because she broke what guy thought of her. she wasn’t arm candy she was a women that can go night in and out with anyone!

    Then Luna, Jazz and Melissa and Sara Del Rey, Mercedes Martinez,Lita

  • B1G_FaN

    Rockin’ Robin
    Mae Young
    Jumping Bomb Angels

  • TommyStarstruck

    MsChif <3 <3 <3
    Nikki Roxx, Sara Del Ray & Kharma (Kong) are my top picks

  • GailKim95

    I would say that Moolah, Sara Del Rey, MsChif, Awesome/Amazing Kong (Kharma), Tara/Victoria, Lita, Jazz, Molly Holly, Ivory, Chyna, Jacqueline, Melina and Beth Phoenix are all great. But i would pick Mickie James. She has wrestled all over the world and won many titles on both mainstream and indie promotions. She is second only to Trish Stratus in title reigns in WWE. Plus she is the first and only triple crown champion, winning the Women’s, Divas, and Knockouts titles

  • jim462

    Im sorry guys Moolah was good but not the best female american wrestler ever because she was in charge of booking all the girls on tv and house shiows that were trained by her and if you did not get from Moolah you did not get the top lady wrestlers period she booked for WWE for a long time and you dud what she said or you did not get booked.
    Frankly the best ever us up to your own opinion but IMO Sara Del Rey & The Great Cheyenne who most of you have never seen or heard of but shes very very good so good she holds 2 mens title belts